Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to speak at cover crop field days

posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Council News

Emily Holley                                                                                               
Communications Director
Iowa Environmental Council
515-664-3405 (Cell)
515-244-1194, ext. 210 (Office)

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to Speak at Cover Crop Field Days

Des Moines – Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey will speak at two upcoming field days focused on cover crops and their benefits in mitigating risk to Iowa farms. Both field days are sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Farmers Union, the Iowa Environmental Council and the Iowa Soybean Association.

The first field day will be held on November 13, 2017, at Ray Gaesser’s corn and soybean farm near Corning, in Adams County, Iowa. Gaesser is the former president of the American Soybean Association and has been a long-time leader in using no-till practices and cover crops. The second field day will be held on November 21, 2017, starting with a program in Slater and then, weather permitting, touring Aaron Lehman’s nearby farm that includes conventional and organic corn, soybeans and oats. Lehman is president of Iowa Farmer’s Union.

Other speakers will include the farmer hosts and Sarah Carlson, cover crop expert with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

What: Cover Crops and Risk Management Field Days.

When: Monday, November 13, 2017, and Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 12 pm to 3 pm.


A light lunch will be provided. The events will occur rain or shine.

RSVP: RSVPs are requested (though not required). Contact Ann Robinson, agriculture policy director for the Iowa Environmental Council, at or at 515-244-1194, ext. 211.


The Iowa Environmental Council is an alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect Iowa's natural environment. Founded in 1995, it is the largest and most comprehensive environmental coalition in the state. Through education, advocacy and coalition building, the Council raises awareness, generates action and creates large-scale change that makes Iowa a better place to live, work and explore.